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September 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printer Launch into Space

3D Printer Launch into Space

In Mashable:  A 3D printer is scheduled to be launched into space tomorrow.   I remember a number of plans to test manufacture in zero G.  Not sure of the results of those experiments.   A natural next step?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blog Stats and Tags

Blog Stats and Tags

This blog is now nearly ten years old, has nearly 10,000 posts. It is supported by over 5,000 tweets.  @FranzD  ..  It grew out of an earlier enterprise blog that was started in 2001. Wanted to point out that all new posts are


From The Eponymous Pickle

Introduction to Ethnographic Field Research

Introduction to Ethnographic Field Research

Article and link to a PDF article on the topic.  We had an informal representative of the role in the enterprise, and found in particular the aspect of how they gathered knowledge about people and their behavior to be very useful


From The Eponymous Pickle

The New Digital Medicine

The New Digital Medicine

In the CACM:  How Digital Medicine is changing health care.  And a caution:  " ... Despite the pace of technological development, experts caution all these devices and digital platforms will not force major change quickly. "I


From Putting People First

An ethnographic introduction

An ethnographic introduction

A Simple Introduction to the Practice of Ethnography and Guide to Ethnographic Fieldnotes By Brian A. Hoey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, Marshall University Marshall University Digital Scholar (June 2014): 1-10


From Putting People First

Human-centered design toolkit by IDEO.org

Human-centered design toolkit by IDEO.org

The team at IDEO.org launched Design Kit — a “refresh” of its HCD Connect platform launched in 2011. It is a step-by-step guide to the elements of human-centered design, specifically adapted for NGOs and social enterprises working


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evaluating MOOC in Coursera

Evaluating MOOC in Coursera

One of the founding partners of the MOOC giant Coursera is the University of Pennsylvania.  The Most recent alumni magazine has an article on the evaluation of the MOOC experience  that contains useful in depth experiences and


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Colossal Squid Dissected in New Zealand

Friday Squid Blogging: Colossal Squid Dissected in New Zealand

Months after it was found in August, scientists have dissected a colossal squid. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alibaba IPO Emerges

Alibaba IPO Emerges

If you have not seen it yet.  Alibaba.com  " ... We operate leading online and mobile marketplaces in retail and wholesale trade, as well as cloud computing and other services. We provide technology and services to enable consumers


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Meets the C-Suite

AI Meets the C-Suite

Good Historically Looking view of executive AI via McKinsey." ... Technology is getting smarter, faster. Are you? Experts including the authors of The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, examine the impact


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Computer Science Reaches Students During Afterschool Clubs

Afterschool clubs can be a productive venue to introduce CS activities that enhance the K-12 experience for students. In addition to ventures into school day integration of CS (such as Code.org’s efforts), afterschool programs


From Schneier on Security

iOS 8 Security

iOS 8 Security

Apple claims that they can no longer unlock iPhones, even if the police show up with a warrant. Of course they still have access to everything in iCloud, but it's a start....


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

2015 Code Hunt Challenge

2015 Code Hunt Challenge

Microsoft is running their big Imagine Cup international student competition again this year. While some of the events take a lot of work and teams of students some of them are individual events. The Code Hunt Challenge is one


From The Eponymous Pickle

Multi Sensory Packaging

Multi Sensory Packaging

In Packaging Digest:  A long time area of innovation research. The use of touch sensory design in packaging and display. Tactility they are calling it.   Here there is no digital technology mentioned, but this leads to thinking


From The Eponymous Pickle

Proximity Marketing

Proximity Marketing

Short article in ClickZ on proximity marketing with beacons.  " .... Beacons have the ability to accelerate the mobile shopping experience and create increased engagement with consumers. Here are some examples of companies utilizing


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Challenge to Innovation

The Challenge to Innovation

In Innovation Excellence:  The No. 1 Challenge.  To me it is culture and context.  Over a long career have seen many examples.  Here they suggest:   " ... The biggest challenge to innovation is not how to generate new ideas and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Countering Fraud With Big Data

Countering Fraud With Big Data

Obvious application.  Having more data lets you more easily extract outliers and patterns of interest.  Find correlations that don't need to be causation.  This has been done long before data was big, or even commonly available


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program seeking graduate students

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend 8 weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during…


From Schneier on Security

Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US

Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US

Earlier this month, there were a bunch of stories about fake cell phone towers discovered around the US These seems to be ISMI catchers, like Harris Corporation's Stingray, and are used to capture location information and potentially


From Putting People First

Digital tools for design research

Digital tools for design research

Dan Perkel of IDEO Labs shares how he and his colleagues use digital methods and tools to enhance the research process in five distinct activities: – Exploring the terrain and seeking quick inspiration – Recruiting research participants


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

So Many Ways To Do The Same Thing

So Many Ways To Do The Same Thing

I updated my list of block programming languages and tools yesterday. Two more bringing the total list to 17. Seventeen? Yep. Also this week I learned about Gidget  (thanks to Mark Guzdial) which is a more text based programming


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simpler 3D Printing

Simpler 3D Printing

3d printing for everyone.  Dremel's device is relatively simple to use.   Will these be as common as computers in the home?  " ... Dremel has announced the first 3D printer to come from a major tool manufacturer, the $999 Dremel


From Computational Complexity

Gentry and Lurie and Zhang can say they are genius's without bragin'- MacArthur Genius's

(If I mispell anything in this post, well, that"s why I'm not a MacArthur Genius, or any other kind of Genius.) Craig Gentry, of homomorphic encryption fame, won a 2014 MacArthur Genius award.  here is an article about it and


From My Biased Coin

On Academia vs. Industry.... MSR SVC Closing

On Academia vs. Industry....  MSR SVC Closing

I'm one of those professor types that ends up defending the joys of life as an academic versus a career in industry -- some of you who read this blog have probably seen me comment at Matt Welsh's blog or Daniel Lemire's blog/Google


From Schneier on Security

Terrible Article on Vernam Ciphers

Terrible Article on Vernam Ciphers

If there's anything that confuses wannabe cryptographers, it's one-time pads....


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Looks for Video Innovation

P&G Looks for Video Innovation

In Adage:  " ... P&G Reaches Far and Wide, Including to NASA, to Cut Video Costs ... Space: The Final Frontier for Marketing Procurement? ... P&G casts wide net for ideas to cut $1B from marketing budget  ... Procter & Gamble


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Aging in Place Workshop: Articulating a research vision for technologies that enhance the lives and independence of aging adults

On September 10-11, the CCC co-hosted a visioning workshop focused on technologies that will allow older adults and people with disabilities to “age in place,” remain in their homes longer, reduce health care costs and enhance…


From updated sporadically at best

Experiment: Daily GitHub Checkins

Experiment: Daily GitHub Checkins

I've been doing a lot of relatively mindless but decently labor-intensive code-related work (colloquially known, especially in the brogrammer community, as "coding bitch work"). I've been building up some web-based case studies


From The Eponymous Pickle

More About Watson Analytics

More About Watson Analytics

More about  Watson Analytics, from the recent announcements and presentations. Nicely done by connection Lillian Pierson in Data-Mania.com.  Would still like to see more views by data scientists in particular domain areas to


From The Eponymous Pickle

D2Cincinnati Speaks Digital Marketing

D2Cincinnati Speaks Digital Marketing

On September 22-23 a number of my former colleagues will be speaking at the D2Cincinnati conference at the Cincinnati HorseShoe Casino.  " ... Bringing together the best and the brightest minds in the digital field ...  ".  "

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